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Laid off GM Lordstown workers react to Workhorse announcement

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21 News talked to a couple laid off GM Lordstown workers who say they're not sure that Workhorse will fill the void that GM leaves behind.

After 18 years at the plant, and weeks after it went idle, Tom Davis is among those former workers trying to make sense of a lot of things - not just for himself, but for his wife and two kids.

On top of trying to sell his house and wondering where his next paycheck will come from, he has a lot of questions about GM's possible plans to sell the plant to start-up company Workhorse.

"We've been told since the beginning that they can't do anything like this, can't sell the plant, close it," Davis said. "They've already un-allocated it. Contractually I was surprised."
The international UAW has already indicated it isn't interested, and wants GM to hold onto the Lordstown facility.
Davis believes UAW Local 1112 will take that same position, but doesn't know how he and the other laid off workers will make out.

"It seems as though General Motors is trying to keep its hands in this without employing General Motors workers," says Davis. "It seems like they got together with this smaller company that's making electric vehicles and call it something else."

Jeff Kotel, who worked at the Lordstown plant for more than 20 years, agrees.
He called Wednesday's announcement "unexpected".

"We're giving up thousands of jobs for 400 jobs to go in there and what are they going to do, pick the top 400, or how are they going to decide who goes?" Kotel said. "What's the pay going to be? To me it doesn't sound good."

More uncertainty at a time when families like the Kotels and the Davises are clinging to any answers they can find.

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